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It's hard for any parent to accept that he or she has an overweight child. As parents, we all want to believe that we've done our best to raise healthy children. Certainly you have. Even if one or more of your children has a weight problem, it doesn't mean you haven't done a good job. We have to recognize that children develop at different rates and it's important to establish healthy lifestyle habits early in life. This means adopting healthful eating and exercise patterns for the entire family! Just consider how many energy-saving devices we take advantage of and how much more television we watch. It's no wonder more of us - and more of our children - are less active and likely to battle excess pounds.
The important thing to realize is that you can do something about your child's excess weight. Before we give you some actions you can start today to make everyone in your family healthier, we'd like to answer a couple of questions:
What causes children to become overweight?
Lifestyle factors, such as too little physical activity and unhealthy eating patterns, and usually a combination of these factors are commonly associated with overweight children. Genetics may also increase the tendency for children to become overweight, but only if such children overeat and/or are inactive. In very rare cases, a medical problem, such as a problem with hormones, may cause a child to become overweight
What is the most important action I can take?
There are two important first steps. First, come to terms with the fact that your child has a weight problem -recognize that your child needs your help. It's best to check with a pediatrician to assess your child's weight. Secondly, plan positive strategies that do not single out the child or children in your family who are overweight: in short, make it a family affair to simply eat healthier and live a more active family lifestyle.